House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

Following up on a pledge to move government reform legislation, House leadership has set up an attempt to amend a previously referred Senate bill, SB 1034, with a new congressional redistricting plan.

Three amendments - two from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and one from Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) are on the table.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pipeline protest bill amended in committee, but civil rights concerns remain

Pipeline protest bill amended in committee, but civil rights concerns remain

A controversial Senate bill that civil rights advocates fear would unnecessarily punish pipeline protesters was toned down in committee Tuesday morning.

SB 652 from Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland) would have created special criminal trespass charges for incidents on "critical infrastructure projects, including near existing or under construction pipelines.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Nuclear caucus looks at national security concerns to rally support for ailing industry

Nuclear caucus looks at national security concerns to rally support for ailing industry

In their fourth hearing, the bicameral, bipartisan Nuclear Caucus heard from current and former federal officials who pushed the role that splitting an atom still held for America’s national security even if it is losing out in the market.

“If things turn bad in the South China Sea, we need to make sure our ports in San Diego and Long Beach have electricity so they can ship ammunition overseas,” said Paul Stockton, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
With late rally, Yinz defeats Youse in third Capitol All-Stars game

With late rally, Yinz defeats Youse in third Capitol All-Stars game

It was a tie game on the sodden gray evening at FNB Field in the seventh inning as Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House by day, co-skipper of Team Yinz by night, looked with some consternation to the scoreboard.

His team was undefeated, and opponent Team Youse hungry for victory. And with a tie game heading into the late innings, it could swing either way.

But then with the clairvoyance of an old baseball hand, he calmly explained exactly what he needed to claim victory.

“Donna Oberlander has to come through,” Turzai said. “Tommy Sankey has to come through.”
Monday, September 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Features
Catholic Conference backs survivors fund ahead of expected vote on statute of limitations bill

Catholic Conference backs survivors fund ahead of expected vote on statute of limitations bill

In a release Friday evening, the church's Pennsylvania leadership, through their legislative wing the Catholic Conference, came out in favor of a voluntary fund managed by experts to disperse compensation to survivors of abuse by priests.

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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